As the Paris Commune was ending, there was a great fear that the city was filled with crazed women who, out of pure bitterness and spite, were roaming the streets, and setting buildings alight- the so called Pétroleuses. Modern historians regard this as a fabrication, but at the time, France was gripped with the idea … Continue reading Of fake fire-starters and real panic-mongers
EDIT: There's a glaring mistake here. It doesn't really change the analysis though. As of July 23 this year apparently Labour announced that it would support a raise to Newstart, but refused to confirm a figure. I follow this stuff pretty closely and thought I would have known had any such announcement been made, I was … Continue reading Why doesn’t Australia raise its job seeker welfare allowance rate? A political science mystery.
Across Western Europe, in many (though not all) countries, a bunch of Greens parties occupying the space between "left" and "centre-left" have suddenly become much larger. I thought readers might be interested in this phenomena so I've gathered the evidence here. I make no value judgements about this- maybe it's just neoliberalism with a new … Continue reading The Greens are suddenly much stronger in Western Europe
Most people think of left-wing politics as the province of the young, and right-wing politics as favoured by the old. This is true, but at least when it comes to American presidential politics, it hasn't been true for as long as you think. In 2010 Gallup posted an article suggesting that Obama’s support was bifurcated more … Continue reading Rising age based polarisation in American presidential politics
I've found that a lot of Qanon supporters and other conspirators are relatively financially successful and/or small business owners. This isn’t surprising on purely demographic grounds- these people are older, white, Republicans so why should anyone be surprised that they often own a jet-ski dealerships and diners? It makes a lot of sense when you … Continue reading The paranoid style in petit-bourgeois politics
Centrist Democrats often claim not to be tied to any specific theory of how politics works. However three central ideas reoccur over and over again in the rhetoric of centrist democrats. The cumulative effect of these ideas is to marginalise, in theory and practice, the left flank of their own party. However these ideas are … Continue reading The three organising myths of centrist establishment Democrats and what’s wrong with them
I became interested in the question of whether Left-Wing or Right-Wing ideas are gaining greater visibility, as measured by searches recorded in Google Trends (GT). Particularly in how patterns of searches change relative to each other. Generally speaking there’s more left-wing searches than right-wing searches, but this doesn’t really tell us much- for example, left-wingers … Continue reading Internet searches increasingly favour the left over the right wing of politics.